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More Money for Pizza and Beer

Open Access News points out an article in USA Today that confronts the cold, hard truth (especially when it comes to science and engineering majors): textbooks are really expensive. Online textbooks offer an alternative, says the article, as they are free and available to download and print out. The push has come from grassroots groups and others, like Eric Frank, who used to work for Pearson Education and now plans to launch the first commercial open textbook publisher, Flat World Knowledge.

GTO hopes that students will remember to budget in that extra printer ink.

 

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.